A record number of patients presented to hospital emergency departments throughout the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District over the brutal flu season.
Admissions between July and September were up by around 8 percent on last year, severely affecting wait times.
Bureau of Health Information acting chief executive Doctor Kim Sutherland says it also took a toll on hospital staff.
"We did see in the quarter a decrease in performance of around 3 to 4 percentage points across all of those 3 measures", Ms Sutherland said.
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